Frankie Beverly Approves of Beyoncé's "Before I Let Go" Cover
"This is one of the high points of my life"
Published Apr 25, 2019Beyoncé once again surprised fans with the unannounced arrival of her live album Homecoming last week — including a brand new song called "Before I Let Go." Now, the artist originally behind "Before I Let Go," Frankie Beverly of Frankie Beverly and Maze, has spoken about Bey's rendition.
In an interview with Billboard, Beverly admitted that although he considers Beyoncé a good friend, he didn't get a call from her people about it until a week or two ago. At that point, he heard her version and said, "I was blown away. It's a blessing. It's amazing how she works, she's very smart. I'm caught off guard, but in a beautiful way."
Beverly explained that he'd met Bey years ago at the Houston Rodeo, before she was a huge star. Over the years, they had worked together a couple of times, and Beverly claims "she's always been very, very nice to me."
"She's done so much," he added. "This is one of the high points of my life."
Beverly even credited Beyoncé with boosting Maze's profile and introducing the band to a younger generation.
"I feel bigger than ever! I feel like I have a huge smash out there," he said. "It's definitely a blessing. Other people have done my songs, but the way she did this was in a class of its own. I'm hearing from people I haven't heard from in years. She's done something that has affected my life."
"Before I Let Go" was originally released in 1981. Beyoncé has since turned the track into a viral dance challenge.
Listen to both versions of "Before I Let Go" below.